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Keloid Removal – Research Into Silicone Based Keloid Scar Removal Products May 8, 2013

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Researchers set out to test the effectiveness of silicone gel keloid scar treatments, and dramatically proved that theory. The same research also added to what we know about keloids, including startling evidence that the fashion trend, body piercing is now “high risk trauma”.

Researchers learned that the areas of the body most vulnerable are:

o Shoulders and chests.
o Earlobes and cheeks.
o Three of the four most risky areas of skin are frequently pierced: ears, cheeks, and chest (piercing at the nipples).

They learned who is getting pierced.

o The generation aged 20-30 adopted piercing as a fashion statement.
o Teenagers are copying the look.

Researchers documented those most at risk of forming keloids.

o People younger than 30
o People with so-called high risk trauma, which now includes piercing.

They found men and women are at equal risk.

o Men now get pierced as frequently as women. It used to be mostly women, so the frequency rate was skewed female.
o The rate of this type of scarring in men now equals that in women.

Research resulted in dramatic evidence that silicone gels work to reduce Ks, reduce pain and suffering of keloid patients, and promote healing of Ks.

Doctors found applying a silicone gel:

o Decreased the size of keloid scars in 53% of test patients.
o Reduced tenderness in 36%.
o Stopped itching in 45%.
o Softened scar tissue for 45% of test subjects.

Medical Researchers in India found similar results, including keloid scar improvement in more than half the test patients.

This brings us back to keloids from piercing. Silicone gels seem tailor-made.

The Advantages of Silicone Gels for Piercing Keloid Scar Removal:

1. It is far easier to use a gel on an earlobe, cheek or nipple than to use the older keloid treatment, in which a silicone sheet was taped over the wound.
2. A gel is the least expensive of the silicone therapies. It can be directly applied only to the scar, by cotton swab or finger. No silicone is wasted.
3. Sheets deliver silicone to scar and surrounding skin, a waste of silicone.
4. Sheets come off with movement, increasing cost as they must be replaced.

Doctor Recommendations about Silicone Keloid Scar Removal:

o It is best used as soon as a wound heals.
o It is best used at least twice a day in order to derive the maximum effect from the silicone.
o It must be used on scarring consistently for 3 to 6 months
o Research finds scar reduction from silicone gels within 6 months.
o Silicone used in conjunction with keloid removal by surgery or lasers aids healing.

Some footnotes from Keloid Scar Removal Research.

o Vitamin E showed no effectiveness for treating and diminishing scars.
o Vitamin E often had a negative effect on the wound area.
o Onion extract also failed in studies to produce satisfactory results.
o Lasers do not lessen the risk of new wounds forming where the old scar was removed. This happens following traditional surgery.

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